Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Capt. James A. Funkhouser

35, of Katy, Texas.
Funkhouser died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during reconnaissance patrol operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 29, 2006.

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"To the best commander i ever served under i know i should have said something sooner but it has taken a long time for me to be able to think of that very sad day when i lost my commander and a very good friend i stil remember everything in detail about that day and even joking around with you minutes before the incedent you are in my heart always"
sfc jackson

"Sir,
We will always remember. Always here for you and the Familiy."
L7, R7, CSM (R) Ray Houston of SA TX

"Sorry to hear of our lost brother in arms, I was stationed with funkhouser back in 95 in Korea, 1/72 Armor, "1st Tank" I will really miss my ole buddy, may God bless you all! SFC Ariel Salas (retired) "BLACKNIGHTS""
Ariel Salas of San Antonio Tx.

"God Bless you Sir. I remeber seeing you in the chow hall. "funkhouser" always put a smile on my face. May you rest in peace. Best wishes for your family and your memory."
Daniel Serna of La, Crescenta ca.

"Dear Mrs.Funkhouser,
I´m so sorry about your lost.
You and your family in my prayers."
Jacky of Hannover,Germany

"Life can change in a flash, for no apparent reason.

Captain James A. Funkhouser and I never met. But he will always be in my thoughts, and his family in my prayers.

You see, I was stationed in Baghdad with the 4th Infantry Division in 2006. As a public affairs officer, my job was to facilitate embedded media engagements in and around the Baghdad area. On occasion I would act as escort, typically for top-tier news outlets, i.e., CBS.

Memorial Day morning in Baghdad, I was to link up with the CBS news crew via the 4th BCT, 4ID in the International Zone. I would be Kimberly Dozierís escort that day. A very unexpected turn of events occurred that morning. The mission changed as did the escort assignment. To this day, I donít know why this change occurred.

Captain James A. Funkhouser took my place that Memorial Day morning. Again, he will always be in my thoughts, and his family in my prayers.

Captain Maurice G. Pritz, Jr."
Maurice G Pritz Jr, CPT of Honolulu, HI (USA)

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Capt. James A. Funkhouser:
James gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To one of the best commanders that a Soldier could have ask for. Sorry I was not able to go on that mission with you. The Soldiers of Hatch Company lost part of themselves with you."
Hatchet 7 of Ft. Hood, Texas

"To the family of:James A. Funkhouser I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Capt. Funkhouser,
Sir, I remember reading about what happened to you and the members of that camera crew that was with your patrol. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Ducti Amore Patriae"
(Having Been Led By Love Of Country)
12th Inf. Motto"

"I just watched the story of James on t.v. I sat there and cried at the sadness of it all. To have a beautiful wife and beautiful children and to have to pay that ultimate sacrifice. Mrs. Funkhouser, my heart goes out to you... you have an incredible amount of willpower and spirit to have gone through what you have gone through. You are SO very strong. I wish the best for you and the girls. Stay strong, and keep up the faith. You're all beautiful and he truly was a hero."
a Missouri mom of Ste Genevieve, MO

"We always pray for Alex and for the family ,, Girls you always have a friend on us we love you ,, take care we miss you alex ,,, watch us and protect us from heaven"
frances colon & family of Ft Lewis ,WA

"We will remember Alex as a good friend and a brave soldier. We are proud to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Dena and Tara of Katy, Texas

"To the wife and family of Cpt. James Funkhouser of Katy, Texas:

I should have written you sooner to express my deepest sympathy to your family upon the death of your husband. I pray for our brave troops daily. I know the horrors of war as my own son, Joseph Fankhauser, has been in Iraq twice in the Marines. The fact that we are all Americans, have someone we love deeply in the military, and the similiarities in names binds us together. God Bless America & your family.

With Christian Love,
Mary Wyscarver"
Mary Wyscarver of Victoria, Texas

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, James will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God give you the comfort and strength to face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on April 24, 2005"

"Thank you James Funkhouser, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Capt. James Funkhouser:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless James for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Capt. James Funkhouser:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of James, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on